Irish Rugby League News

From Rugby League Ireland Media Office

Some more International Rugby League news, well from Ireland. Some good news about the Irish Student squad being finalised and a new clubs first International player. Also a new 9s tournament is announced.

Student Squad Finalised

Ireland Student Head Coach, Nicky Howard, has today named his final squad for the upcoming regional championships in Widnes.

The squad was finalised following a tough training session which saw the members of the train-on squad put through their paces as they looked to be named in the final squad.

Howard had the luxury of including ten players who have been capped previously at this level along with a senior international in the form of Joe Taylor.

Taylor made appearances in all three of Ireland’s Alitalia Cup Campaign last October and will be hoping to continue to impress in Widnes.

The squad will travel to the regional’s on the 25th of March for the tournament which kicks off on the 26th.

Speaking on the unveiling of the squad Howard thanked the members of the train on squad for their hard work.

“It was great to see the effort that was put in by all the members of the squad. It is encouraging to have so much enthusiasm and talent which was on show throughout the trials.”

“I would also like to thank Portarlington for allowing the squad to make the club its base during the trial period and all training sessions.”

The team will train again this weekend as they prepare for the tough weekend of rugby which faces them.

Squad List:

Alan Harvey, Anthony Barry, Anthony McCreery *, Cathal O’Reilly, Cian Erraught, Conor Farrell *, Darragh Williamson, Hugh McGovern *, James O’Connell, Joe Taylor, Kieran Hyland *, Neal O’Keefe *, Paddy Doran *, Patrick O’Connor, Peter Carr, Stephen Oakley

*Denotes Uncapped Player

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Ballyfermot Celebrates First Rugby League International

The newly-formed Ballyfermot Bears rugby league club were yesterday celebrating as club member Anthony McCreery was named in the Ireland train-on squad to travel to the Regional Student Finals in Widnes, England.

Local lad McCreery, who is a sports scholarship student in Dublin City University (DCU), was named in the 27-man squad by Ireland manager Nicky Howard  after impressing at trials last week in Portarlington.

McCreery will begin training with the international squad this weekend and will aim to make the final 20-man squad  for the tournament, which takes place on the 26th and 27th of March.

His selection marks a milestone for the Ballyfermot Bears, a club only founded two months ago, who will make their debut in the Leinster League this month.

West Coast 9s Launched

This year is the first year of the tournament witch will be run over the May Bank Holiday weekend (April 30th & May 1st).

The tournament is being run by West Coast Warriors in

partnership with Rugby League Ireland.

Teams of 13 cost only €120 to enter.

Prize fund of €1,000 for the competition winner.

Ennis is located 15 Minutes from Shannon International air port and 30 minutes from both Limerick and Galway City.

Special room rates available from our accommodation partner.

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